In my last article I introduced the concept of outdoor systems and why it’s important to think of them as a way to solve problems or mitigate risks. Personally, I use a slightly modified version of the 10 essential systems. The first 10 of these are important for any outdoor activity (to varying degrees), be it hiking, camping or backpacking. I also include two others, which while not “essential” do make things more enjoyable and can improve your outdoor experience.
Without further ado, here are the systems:
System 1: Water – Keeping our bodies hydrated (and sometimes clean).
System 2: Clothing – Wearing the right layers to keep you warm and dry.
System 3: Protection – Protecting ourselves from outdoor hazards like the sun, bugs, and animals.
System 4: Food – Keeping our bodies fueled while experiencing the outdoors.
System 5: Light – When your activities keep you out longer than the sun.
System 6: Navigation – How to get to where you’re going (and back).
System 7: Shelter – When weather turns or night falls, making sure we have a little piece of “inside” with us.
System 8: Repair – Like carrying a spare tire in your car, what to do when gear fails.
System 9: First Aid – Being prepared when the unfortunate happens.
System 10: Heat – More than just starting a fire. Solving the problem of warming up (vs. just keeping warm).
System 11: Cooking (optional) – Turning food into a meal.
System 12: Sleeping (optional) – When planning to stay the night, waking up the next morning rested and ready to go.
In my next article I’ll talk about the 5 elements that go into an Outdoor System